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Dogs suspected of mauling Fargo man destroyed; owner arrested

Officers from the Walsh County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, exit the home of Peter Grzeskowiak, the owner of a pack of dogs that mauled passer-by John Munoz on Sunday, after they found and killed the last dog in the house. When officers tried to negotiate euthanization of the dogs with Grzeskowiak, a dispute arose mid-proccess, leading Grzeskowiak to slit the throat of one dog himself and deliberately send another back into the house, authorities said. Photo by Jenna Watson/Grand Forks Herald

GRAFTON, N.D. – A rural Warsaw man has been charged with obstruction after authorities say he attempted to prevent the Walsh County Sheriff’s Office from retrieving dogs suspected of mauling a 19-year-old Fargo man Sunday.

According to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office:

John Munoz, the victim in Sunday’s attack, told authorities he was mauled by a pack of eight to nine dogs, including a Rottweiler and a pit bull.

A search warrant was executed Monday at a farmstead where it was believed the dogs were living and a local veterinarian was able to euthanize four dogs.

The owner of the dogs, Pete Grzeskowiak, 59, then slit the throat of one of his dogs and refused to give up any more animals, the Sheriff’s Office said.

At that point, Grzeskowiak took two large Rottweilers inside his residence where officers could not reach them and authorities placed Grzeskowiak under arrest.

A total of eight more dogs were destroyed after Grzeskowiak was removed from the area.

Authorities are putting together a plan to dispose of the two dogs inside the residence and they believe several smaller pups ran off in the commotion.

The Sheriff’s Office said the young animals do not pose a threat to the public.

Anyone in the Warsaw area who sees suspicious or stray dogs is being asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (701) 352-2041.

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